No 13: Keshinro Ololade ‘Lil Kesh’ – Top 30 Naija Most Successful Artistes in the year 2019
The 2019 Naija Top 30 Artistes measures and ranks Nigeria’s prominent recording artistes by blending data from AC’s most influential charts, with album and track sales (both digital and physical), radio airplay, streaming, downloads from top African (Nigerian) entertainment sites, social media fan interaction, as well as YouTube and Eflex9jablog’s views.
In short Top 30 Naija Artistes provides a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of Nigerian recording artiste by popularity.
Keshinro Ololade popularly known by his stage name as Lil Kesh is a Nigerian fast rising indigenous rapper, singer, songwriter, recording artiste, stage performer and a model. He was born on 4th March 1995 in Bariga, Lagos State in the western part of Nigeria. He is currently 22 years old. He is very handsome, creative and talented.
Lil Kesh completed his primary school education in Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. After completing his primary school education, Lil Kesh proceeded to Stockbridge College in Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate. Lil Kesh took interest in dancing before he delved into music after watching the likes of Dagrin, Olamide and Niga Raw performance.
He started his music career in 2012 while rapping among his friends and peers in Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria until he released his first hit single “Lyrically”, a song that quickly became very popular in Nigerian Universities. Lil Kesh rose to fame after his best hit single “Shoki” ranked and topped highest at the MTV music charts.
In 2015, Lil Kesh signed a record contract deal with YBNL Nation, a records label owned by Olamide. Lil Kesh rap mostly in Yoruba language, English and pidgin and has the same rapping techniques and skills with Dagrin and Olamide.
In 2015, Lil Kesh was nominated in the Best New Act to Watch awards at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. His versatility and style of music has been similar to that of Olamide who raps and sings in his local dialect (Yoruba). However, he has been criticized for using too much vulgar sentences and not finding the right balance in the lyrics of his songs.
During the 2015 Headies Award event, Olamide blasted the organizers of the award ceremony right on stage during the award ceremony for not giving the “Next Rated Award” to Lil Kesh, who he said was supposed to be the winner ahead of Reekado Banks. That year, Olamide’s act and behavior at the Headies award ceremony became a trending controversy on social media.
Lil Kesh is currently based in Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria. He was a student of Linguistics at the University of Lagos, but decided to quit and focus full time on his music career.
In 2015, Lil Kesh was nominated for Best New Act to Watch at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In 2016, Lil Kesh was nominated for Next Rated at the Headies Awards.
THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS MADE HIM EMERGE MOST SUCCESSFUL ARTISTE NO 13 IN THE YEAR 2019 COMING FROM LAGOS STATE, WESTERN NIGERIA
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